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SMOOV SIMULATIONS: 1966 Yankees vs. 1990 Yankees (Game 2)
With the 2011 MLB season a mere three weeks away, I thought it would be the perfect time to break out the simulations yet again. These simulations come courtesy of the talented folks at WhatIf Sports — be sure to check out their SimMatchup and SimLeague features, and input your own simulated games. For this installment, I’m jumping the shark a bit and pitting the 1966 and 1990 Yankees against each other. You may remember these teams because they were the last two Yankee teams to finish last in the league/division. This series features Hall-of-Famers Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, former home-run champ Roger Maris and former AL MVP Don Mattingly approaching the twilight of their careers. Combine this with the other random players on each team, and you have a recipe for an interesting series.
We’ve already seen Joe Pepitone and Mel Sottlemyre lead the ’66 Yankees to a 3-1 win in Game 1. What does Game 2 have in store?
With the 1966 Yankees staked to a 1-0 series lead, Ralph Houk sent Fritz Peterson* to the mound with hopes of taking total control of this series. Stump Merrill countered with Chuck Cary as his 1990 Yankees tried to bring this series even at 1. But for the second straight game, Houk’s team was in complete control from the start. After pulling a disappearing act in the first game, the top half of the order contributed all of the offense needed to give Peterson the 7-3 victory. Roger Maris homered and drove in four runs, and Bobby Richardson had four hits and three runs scored. Combined with Roy White and Mickey Mantle, the four combined to go 8-14 with six runs scored, two HRs and all seven RBIs. The offensive boom helped Peterson to eight innings of one-hit shutout ball, basically making the ’90 Yankees look silly all game. A three-run ninth inning came too little, too late as the ’66 Bombers took the commanding 2-0 series lead.
*Yes, this is the same Fritz Peterson who found his way into Yankees lore by swapping families with fellow pitcher Mike Kekich
After two games at the original Yankee Stadium, we find the 1966 Yankees with a commanding 2-0 series lead and in complete control. As the series shifts to the remodeled Stadium, can Ralph Houk keep the domination going? Will Stump Merrill rally the troops and use the home-field advantage in their favor? Check in tomorrow to find out!